[geocentrism] Re: For Martin

  • From: "Jack Lewis" <jack.lewis@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <geocentrism@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 00:02:50 +0100

Dear Steven and Martin,
I have always been puzzled why music wasn't written on 6 staves since there are 
12 notes. Could it be that music has evolved from the simple tones to the more 
complex? If 6 staves were used would it not make playing different keys easier?

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Martin G. Selbrede 
  To: geocentrism@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2007 9:28 PM
  Subject: [geocentrism] Re: For Martin

  Dear Steven,

  Well, I can say that my piano has drifted off of Western equal temperament, 
so compositions for it that I wrote using Western tonality have jumped the 
track into the world of microtonality.  I do plan, however, to remedy this with 
a nice tuning. The biggest barrier to moving toward, say, the 17-degree scale 
is I'm not sufficiently motivated to learn Sanskrit.

  However (in the interest of full disclosure), my Opus 16 (which was, in fact, 
performed publicly) did include a brief section that would have made Penderecki 
proud. I was aware of his works, particularly Threnody for the Victims of 
Hiroshima, and so in my composition the string orchestra indulges in such 
non-Western dissonance for nearly a full minute (this occurring in a piece that 
lasts about 38 minutes in concert performance). And that's about it, folks.

  I could have sworn that I had mentioned to you the research conducted by 
Ernest Ansermet about the geometry of the cochlear spiral in the inner ear -- 
that its curvature is based on the log of 12.  Ansermet's conclusion was that 
the human ear naturally divides an octave into twelve parts.  Since the 
cochlear spirals of other mammals are curved differently, such creatures may 
discern such music as alien gibberish. If one were to truly test animals for 
musical aptitude, the scale should be subdivided based on a specific animal's 
cochlear spiral geometry and music then created within that customized tonal 
architecture.  If the animal responds to that, and not to music based on other 
scale divisions, we'd have some empirical support for Ansermet's theory that 
would be nearly unassailable.


  On Sep 19, 2007, at 3:08 PM, Steven Jones wrote:

    Dear Martin,

    just wondering if you're interested in other tonalities besides western and 
whether you've ever explored any of them in your own compositions?

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